New Laws – July 1st

Posted on July 3, 2019 by admin


Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday, July 1st, many new laws that may affect you and our community went into effect.

I have highlighted some noteworthy new laws below and encourage you to take a look at the full list, which can be accessed by clicking here. You can also find a copy of the 2019 Major Public Acts by clicking here.


Reps. Perillo, McGorty Say State Budget Includes Almost $2 Billion in Tax Increases

Posted on June 4, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty voted Monday against a two-year state budget crafted by Democrats. The budget spends more money than the previous two-year budget and includes nearly $2 billion in tax increases.

Reps. Perillo and McGorty highlighted the following tax increases included in the budget:

-1% increase in the sales tax on food and beverages at restaurants
– A tax on motor-vehicle train-ins
-Increases the tax on ride-share services
– 10-cent tax on plastic bags
– Eliminates the sales tax exemption on digital downloads and dry cleaning services


House Republicans: We know our vote on tolls, and it is “no”

Posted on May 22, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – House Republican Lawmakers sent a formal letter to Governor Lamont Tuesday night to notify him that all members of the House Republican Caucus are fully unified against tolls.

The letter was sent after the governor declared that he will begin focusing on the budget and will table tolls for a special legislative session to give Republicans more time to support the proposal.

In the letter, House Republicans’ said that going into a special session would be an undue tax burden on the people of Connecticut and that the House Republican Caucus will be voting no on tolls.

Rep. Perillo said, “The residents of Connecticut don’t want tolls and pushing a vote on tolls until July or August won’t change their stance. The governor and legislative Democrats should drop their toll plan and work with us on a transportation alternative that doesn’t include tolls.”


Rep. Perillo Joins Calls for the Senate to Pass Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 21, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo joined his fellow colleagues and concerned citizens and organizations at the State Capitol on Tuesday for a press conference to call on the Senate to pass a House bill to strengthen penalties on fentanyl.

“This bills passed with bipartisan support in the House and the Senate should join us in looking to strengthen the penalties for dealing fentanyl,” said Rep. Perillo. “We must do anything we can to stop the opioid epidemic and passing this legislation will help send a message to all the bad actors out there that Connecticut is not messing around. If you are caught selling or manufacturing this deadly drug you will go to jail for a long time.”

House Bill 5524, was introduced by the House Republican Caucus. The bill would change the definition of narcotic substance to include fentanyl the same category as heroin. As the law is currently written, fentanyl is listed as a synthetic drug, which is a lesser penalty.


House Passes Bill to Increase Penalties for Fentanyl

Posted on May 16, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty praised the passage of legislation on Tuesday that will create tougher penalties for the illegal manufacturing, distributing or selling of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl.

“We need to get tough on those selling and distributing fentanyl,” said Rep. Perillo. “Fentanyl is killing more people than any other drug and if an individual is selling or distributing this deadly substance they should be locked up for a long time.”

“Letting fentanyl dealers off with a slap on the wrist is an insult to the victims and families who have lost a loved one,” said Rep. McGorty. “We need to pass this legislation and I hope my colleagues in the Senate pass this and the governor signs it into law.”


Rep. Perillo, McGorty Oppose Steep Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on May 10, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty said on Thursday morning that the passage of the increase in the minimum wage to $15 will have a negative impact on Connecticut’s economy, will reduce jobs, and hurt nonprofits and local communities.

“Legislative Democrats continue to ignore businesses and municipalities who are being asked to pay more and to take on more expenses,” said Rep. Perillo. “This drastic increase in the minimum wage will have devastating ripple effects to our economy. We need to start listening to businesses and local leaders and stop punishing them with more mandates and taxes.”

“Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour will cost municipalities millions to implement, which could result in higher local taxes,” said Rep. McGorty. “Everything from groceries to summer camp fees will increase because of the sharp increase to $15 an hour. We will all feel the negative impact of this legislation.”


Democrat’s Tax Package is a $2 Billion Dollar Tax Hike

Posted on May 2, 2019 by admin


HARTFORD – State Rep. Jason Perillo voted yesterday against a Democrat-backed tax package that will increase taxes by $2 billion dollars over the next two years.

Rep. Perillo said the majority party tax package and budget proposal will continue to hurt Connecticut’s economy and punish taxpayers.

“Our state can barely get back to where we were before the 2008 recession,” said Rep. Perillo. “For the past decade the Democrats only solution to fixing our economy is to spend and tax more – this hasn’t worked. Connecticut residents and businesses, especially our mom-and-pop stores in downtown Shelton, will have to pay more to continue to see less and less of their tax money back from Hartford.”

Rep. Perillo explained that the budget not only taxes more grocery items but also implements a .5 cent payroll tax on every Connecticut resident and businesses will have to pay $15 minimum wage.


Reps. Perillo, McGorty Host Successful Sports Equipment Drive

Posted on May 1, 2019 by admin


SHELTON – State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty dropped off sports equipment collected from Shelton residents during a month-long  Sports Equipment Drive to the  Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley on Friday.

“I want to thank the community for helping us collect sports equipment for Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley,” said Rep. Perillo. “The new and used sports equipment will help youth athletes participate or learn a new sport and keep them active after school and through the summer.”


Valley Lawmakers Talk to Business Owners and Chamber Members

Posted on April 12, 2019 by admin


SHELTON – State Representative Ben McGorty, Jason Perillo and Senator Kevin Kelly joined a group of Valley State Lawmakers on Thursday morning in Shelton to have a conversation with Greater Valley Chamber members about current legislative proposals before the General Assembly.

Rep. Perillo said, “If the majority of businesses are telling us to not create a new income tax to fund forced paid family leave and to not pass tolls than why are we even considering it. Right now we can’t afford to lose more businesses to tax-friendly states. It’s time to stop the attack on small and large businesses, but instead, work with them to create a better economy in Connecticut.”


Rep. Perillo, McGorty Extend Sports Equipment Drive

Posted on April 5, 2019 by admin


State Representatives Jason Perillo and Ben McGorty are organizing a Sports Equipment Drive for the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley. The drive is being extended to April 18th.